- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 8, 2003


Travels to South Africa to meet with President Thabo Mbeki, U.S. Ambassador Cameron Hume and U.S. and South African business executives.


10 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases wholesale trade for May 2003. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

10:30 a.m. — Energy Information Administration releases the weekly petroleum status report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.


8 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds a meeting of the advisory committee for regulatory negotiation concerning all appropriate inquiry, on the proposed rule making including discussion of the criteria established by Congress in the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act amendments to CERCLA (101)(35)(B)(iii). Location: Hotel Washington, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/566-2774.

8:30 a.m. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service holds a meeting to discuss the environmental safety, potential benefits and risks of genetically engineered trees relative to traditional varieties. Location: USDA Center at Riverside, 4700 River Road, Riverdale. Contact: 301/734-5531.

10:30 a.m. — State Department holds a meeting of the U.S. International Telecommunication Advisory Committee to discuss the matters related to the World Summit on the Information Society, which will take place in December 2003, including U.S. preparations for the WSIS. Location: National Academy of Science, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2592.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on “lessons learned” during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to review ongoing operations in the U.S. Central Command region. (Hearing will adjourn into a closed session in 219 Hart Senate Office Building.) Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld; Gen. Tommy Franks, former commander, U.S. Central Command, testify. Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

9:30 a.m. Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of James Browning to be U.S. district judge for the District of New Mexico; Kathleen Cardone to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Texas; James Cohn to be U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Florida; Frank Montalvo to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Texas; Xavier Rodriguez to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Texas; and Rene Acosta to be assistant attorney general, Civil Rights Division, Justice Department. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

9:30 a.m. Rules and Administration Committee holds a hearing on proposing changes in Rule XVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate as they relate to unauthorized appropriations. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, chairman, Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, director, Congressional Budget Office, testify. Location: 301 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-6352.

9:30 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a hearing on “Technology, Innovation and Health Care Costs.” Mark McClellan, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration; Carolyn Clancy, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Peter Neumann, deputy director, Program on the Economic Evaluation of Medical Technology, Harvard School of Public Health, testify. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.


Meets at 10 a.m. for legislative business to consider: expressing the sense of Congress relating to efforts of the Peace Parks Foundation in the Republic of South Africa to facilitate the establishment and development of transfrontier conservation efforts in southern Africa and regarding the importance of international efforts to abolish slavery and other human rights abuses in the Sudan. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Budget Committee holds a hearing on “A Closer Look: The Inspectors General Address Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Federal Mandatory Programs.” Kenneth Meade, inspector general, Transportation Department; John Higgins Jr., inspector general, Education Department; Phyllis Fong, inspector general, Agriculture Department; Dara Corrigan, acing principal deputy inspector general, Health and Human Services Department; Leonard Burman, senior fellow, Urban Institute, testify. Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. Treasury Secretary John W. Snow; Timothy Muris, chairman, Federal Trade Commission; Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and general counsel, National Retail Federation, testify. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure economic development, public buildings and emergency management subcommittee holds a hearing on “The General Service Administration’s fiscal 2004 Capital Investment and Leasing Program.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Democrat; Joseph Moravec, commissioner, Public Buildings Service, General Services Administration; Judge Jane Roth, chairman, Judicial Conference Committee on Security and Facilities, testify. Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. Government Reform civil service and agency organization subcommittee holds an oversight hearing on “Making Health Care More Affordable: Extending Premium Conversion to Federal Retirees.” Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican, chairman, Government Reform Committee; Charles Fallis, president, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, testify. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074. Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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